How to give it: anti-racism charities to support

From campaigns against violence to providing legal aid, here are ways you can help

Demonstrators on a Black Lives Matter protest in London this week
Demonstrators on a Black Lives Matter protest in London this week | Image: Getty Images

Black Lives Matter UK

The mission of the UK division of Black Lives Matter is to “dismantle imperialism, capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy and the state structures that disproportionately harm black people in Britain and around the world”. The cause has taken on even greater urgency following the death of George Floyd while under police arrest, and has seen public protests take place in Minneapolis, and then in cities around the world. Black Lives Matter UK’s current fundraising target of £500,000 – which was halfway funded in just one day – will go towards developing and distributing educational resources and providing emergency relief to black communities suffering during the coronavirus crisis. gofundme.com/f/ukblm-fund

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Established in 1940, the New York-based civil rights law organisation is fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and public education. The NAACP is calling for policing reforms in the US, fighting against “unprecedented threats to the hard-won gains of the last half century”. naacpldf.org

Anti-racism/gun-violence charity Everytown for Gun Safety calls on the US public to wear orange on the first weekend of June
Anti-racism/gun-violence charity Everytown for Gun Safety calls on the US public to wear orange on the first weekend of June | Image: Joe Quint

Wear Orange

For the past seven years, anti-gun-violence and anti-racism charity Everytown for Gun Safety has called on the American public to dress in orange on the first weekend of June. The movement started when 15-year-old black teenager Hadiya Pendleton was shot dead in Chicago in 2013, one week after performing with her school band at Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. Her friends decided to wear orange to commemorate her death, and since then the campaign has spread across the United States. “Orange is the colour hunters wear to signal to other hunters not to shoot them. So that’s why we’re wearing it, to say, ‘Don’t shoot me,’” said Ayisha Stanley, a student and anti-violence campaigner, at the time.

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Everytown has partnered with a range of charities in order to combat racism and gun violence in the US. These include initiatives such as Purpose 4 My Pain in Indianapolis and Black Women for Positive Change in Pittsburgh, which provide trauma counselling and peer-to-peer support, and Guitars Over Guns, which offers music mentorship and teaching in affected areas of Miami and Chicago. 5-7 June; wearorange.org

Stand Up To Racism aims to counter the spread of racism through education
Stand Up To Racism aims to counter the spread of racism through education

Stand Up To Racism

For £2 a month, you can become a member of Stand Up To Racism, a charity that aims to stop the spread of racism across Europe through education. Donations fund vital resources including leaflets, placards and stages at demonstrations. standuptoracism.org.uk

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Stop Hate UK

Founded in direct response to the 1993 murder of British teenager Steven Lawrence, the charity runs a 24-hour helpline offering advice on the criminal justice system to anyone who’s suffered a hate crime, as well as guidance on how to hold statutory bodies to account. A donation of £35 funds the helpline for one hour, while £150 provides up to five hours of advocacy support. stophateuk.org

European Network Against Racism

The only cross-European anti-racism charity, this UN-backed network works to end structural racism across the continent by campaigning for improved legislation, policy and practice, and by facilitating co-operation between like-minded charities. It focuses on breaking down barriers to employment, improving migrants’ rights across the EU and making policing policies more inclusive. enar-eu.org

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